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A Prayer For Self-Doubt
A lesson in vulnerability & your first look at the inside of "To Light Their Way"
Hey, friend. I’ll cut right to it: Turns out sharing 240 pages of prayers into the world feels pretty, ahem, vulnerable. What a gift to bring To Light Their Way into the world, and yet I find myself falling deeper into self-doubt.
Maybe you’ve felt that way before, too. Maybe you feel that way right now.
Self-doubt creeps into our parenting and into our prayers. It finds its way into our early morning chaos and our thoughts late at night as we’re trying to fall asleep.
So, I want to share a short excerpt from “A Prayer for Self-Doubt” from To Light Their Way with you.
Will you take one minute to pray with me?
O God, how can we possibly
Parent in these times?
How can we raise children
To love You and love others
When we are barely hanging on ourselves?
O God, we need Your help.
Meet us here in our humanity,
For Your power is made perfect in
And may the gentleness we give ourselves
Pour out in our interactions
With our children
And our world.
It’s my deepest hope that the modern liturgies in To Light Their Way truly reflect the prayers of the people, across experience, tradition, and background.
To Light Their Way makes its way into this big world of ours on Tuesday, October 5. To all who have preordered, thank you.
Each early order means a lot to the Big Book Sales Retailers. (Anyone else get man-behind-the-curtain Wizard of Oz vibes thinking about Amazon? Eeee!)
Ebooks have their place, but I’m a tactile person myself and can’t wait until you have the physical experience of feeling this book in your hands. The hardcover, the larger-than-typical-size, the gold foil, the color on the page…I hope it all acts as an invitation to enter into the conversation with the Maker of all things.
An Inside Look For You
If you’ve been wondering what this collection of 100+ prayers is like, my publisher (Tyndale) is offering you an inside first-look preview PDF of the actual pages.
If Podcasts Are Your Jam…
I’ve had a chance to share some behind-the-scenes stories and explorations of prayer & parenting on a few podcasts this week. (And yesterday was International Podcast Day!)
Here are a few you may want to add to your queue:
Upside Down Podcast (My co-hosts interviewed me and my very upside-down radical friend Lindsy called the book “not a wimpy prayer book” and it made my day.)
Writing For Your Life (This is a video interview!)
Your Downloads Are Still Available
If you’ve preordered (and it’s not too late to buy allll the copies), I just want to remind you you can download your gift bundle here until midnight on October 4. You can get your printable breath prayer cards, guided 5-day devotional, and print here.
It Feels Vulnerable Because It Is
Sharing this book baby with the world is truly an act of vulnerability for me. (I’m an enneagram eight so…yeah, it’s a challenge!) Every time you purchase an extra copy for a friend, or add to a wish list, or share online, or add to your Goodreads, it matters.
May your self-doubt be replaced by blessed reassurance.
And may all your life be a prayer,
PS: I have some big news dropping soon. (IG Lives, podcasts, new writing!) Stay tuned. And stay well, friends. Love you lots.